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Close call, Cavs

CLEVELAND — Their regular-season issues followed the Cavaliers into the playoffs. They didn’t win their postseason opener as much as survive it. The champions remain puzzling. LeBron James scored 32 points and Cleveland, looking to flip a switch after a shaky-and-streaky regular season, ...

Buckeyes air it out in OSU’s spring game

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer made it clear this spring that he wants to throw the ball deep again. Meyer needs quarterback J.T. Barrett to hook up with receivers for more momentum-changing plays downfield, the kind that bring 100,000 fans to their feet and rattle the rafters in ...

Ramirez, Tribe hammer Tigers

CLEVELAND — Jose Ramirez had the best day of his career. Justin Verlander had one of his worst. Ramirez was 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers for Cleveland, and Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs Saturday in the Indians’ 13-6 win over the Detroit ...

Pooley, Phantoms ready for playoffs

First-year Youngstown Phantom Austin Pooley may be new to playing for the team, but he already has a history with them. He also isn’t new to the USHL, for that matter, as the Phantoms mark the third team Pooley’s played with in his four USHL seasons. Now, Pooley will look to do something ...

Steelers lose their leader at age of 84

Dan Rooney, the powerful and popular Pittsburgh Steelers chairman whose name is attached to the NFL’s landmark initiative in minority hiring, died Thursday. He was 84. The team announced his death but details were not immediately available. Rooney took over operation of the team in the ...

Beatable Cavaliers?

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James quickly moved past Cleveland’s disjointed regular season, an uphill, 82-game slog of injuries, roster upheaval and drama. Reflection can wait. James understands the Cavaliers appear vulnerable, perhaps beatable as they enter the NBA playoffs following a ...

Indians drubbed by Sox

CLEVELAND — Josh Tomlin’s first pitch of the game landed on the home run porch. The night ended with infielder Michael Martinez on the mound. The defending AL champion Cleveland Indians are in tough stretch. Tim Anderson homered to start the game, Matt Davidson added a three-run shot in ...

Pirates’ losing streak extended to four

BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez looked plenty healthy in a big spot for the Boston Red Sox. After a recent absence because of the flu, Ramirez doubled during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Thursday that sent the Red Sox over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. “I think he’s carried what he did ...

Fleury back in the nets again tonight for Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — So much for Henrik Lundqvist not being able to beat the Montreal Canadiens. Ditto with Marc-Andre Fleury’s most important games with the Pittsburgh Penguins being in his rearview mirror. Welcome to the 2017 playoffs, same as it ever was for two goaltenders who know a thing or ...

Offense fails to support Salazar’s strong start

CLEVELAND — Derek Holland has turned Progressive Field into his own personal playground. Holland held Cleveland hitless until the sixth inning and late fill-in Matt Davidson had a two-run single that helped the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians 2-1 Wednesday night. Holland (1-1) gave up ...

Surprise starter Fleury wins

PITTSBURGH — Marc-Andre Fleury spent the regular season saying all the right things — and just as importantly, doing all the right things — while watching Matt Murray take his job. It wasn’t easy. Yet the goalie with more wins than any other in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins ...

Cavaliers favor rest over position, lose last game

CLEVELAND — Jonas Valanciunas made his first career 3-pointer and the Toronto Raptors closed the regular season with a 98-83 win on Wednesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who didn’t play their “Big 3” All-Stars so they’re playoff ready. Norman Powell scored 25 points as the ...

Garrett, Reds dominate Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Reds rookie Amir Garrett threw another gem, taking a shutout into the seventh inning and leading Cincinnati over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep. Garrett (2-0), the former St. John’s basketball player, blanked the Pirates until David Freese ...

Phantoms’ playoff run starts Friday

Despite missing the postseason a year ago, and despite having a brand new head coach to boot, the Youngstown Phantoms are back in the USHL playoffs. The Phantoms, whose last postseason appearence came in 2015, are making their fourth postseason trip since joining the USHL in 2009. In recent ...

Brantley’s back

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley pumped his fist, danced around second base and waited for the traditional soaking. The water was as sweet as any champagne. Brantley, forced to the outside during Cleveland’s magical ride in 2016 because of injuries, doubled home Francisco Lindor with two ...

Pittsburgh has advantages vs. Blue Jackets

PITTSBURGH — Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won’t matter when the puck drops on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets. So what if the Penguins have twice as many Stanley Cups ...

Gennett’s 3 hits, 3-run HR power Reds over Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Scooter Gennett homered for the second straight night and finished with three hits, helping the Cincinnati Reds overcome the early departure of injured starter Rookie Davis to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Tuesday for their sixth win in seven games. Gennett capped the scoring ...

Eastern Gateway a year from playing

Eastern Gateway Community College will begin playing baseball in the spring of 2018, and the Gators will be led by former Major Leaguer Jason Stanford as the school’s first head coach. Thus far, Stanford is already making an impact, as the Gators have 14 players committed to ...

Tribe finally gets back to home park

CLEVELAND — Months have passed since the Indians’ last home game, an epic, once-in-a-generation Game 7 that will be forever remembered as the night the Chicago Cubs finally ended a championship drought spanning 108 years. The World Series memories aren’t as wonderful here. “It still ...